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Bargaining Underway with CRA

June 21, 2018

Our Bargaining Team makes clear our objectives for this round of negotiations.

Our PSAC/UTE Bargaining Team met with the CRA on June 20th and 21st to commence negotiations for a new collective agreement. Our Team made clear to the agency that, while the union is ready to negotiate in good faith, we are not interested in steps backwards for our members and are looking to achieve improvements in this round of bargaining.

Our Team indicated to the Agency that our objectives include:

  1. Fixing problems in the workplace. We have not commenced negotiations for a new contract with the Agency since 2012. From hours of work to term employment to student use, many new problems have arisen since that time and we’re looking for new rights protections for our members.
  2. Increased leave and work-life balance for PSAC-UTE members at CRA is a priority for our Team.
  3. Since our last round of bargaining began other federal employers have agreed to significant new rights and improvements in negotiations with the PSAC and other unions. We see no reason why we should agree to less than what other federal employers have agreed to in terms of benefits for CRA employees.

We exchanged our non-wage-related proposals with the Agency. A copy of our proposals and those of the employer can be found here. We will be tabling wage proposals at a future date once we have received and analyzed employer payroll data.

We are scheduled to resume negotiations first week of July. We’ll be sure to provide updates as we progress. As always, membership solidarity and support are the key to us achieving a fair contract. Together we can make CRA a better place to work.

Be sure to go to www.ute-sei.org and www.psacunion.ca for more information and to subscribe for regular updates. Also, should you have any questions please contact your UTE Local President.

PSAC/UTE members at Canada Revenue Agency
MY Contract – My Voice

Bargaining Update from our 2nd National Vice President

June 13, 2018

Sisters and Brothers,

Our exchange of bargaining demands is fast approaching!  On Wednesday June 20th we will present our package of demands to the employer and they will present theirs.  We will provide explanations for each of our demands and reasons why we believe they will improve the benefits for our members.  We commit to posting our demands and their demands online, for all members to see, shortly thereafter.  This is your contract and your voice.  The demands included in our presentation have come from locals all across the country.  This was an incredibly positive process in which the membership really gave us direction on what was important.

We enter these discussions with cautious optimism but also with the conviction that we are fighting for better conditions and better pay for the membership, not less.  Solidarity will make the difference.

After our June dates we have also set up meetings with the employer in July and September.  We will work efficiently and strategically within those dates.  No further dates are scheduled this far out but as the summer progresses I would anticipate more additions.

I intend to send out a monthly email just as an update to the extent that I can, over the bargaining period.  It is really just to connect with you and let you know what, if anything, is happening that month or if any advances have been made.  Even in the event nothing is happening at the table you will still hear from me.

On behalf of the bargaining team, thank you for your support and let’s get a solid contract!

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments.

My Contract – My Voice

In Solidarity,

Adam Jackson
2nd National Vice-President
Union of Taxation Employees

We’re Getting Ready to Bargain Our negotiating team is in place.

Our first dates are set.

Earlier this year members of the UTE Collective Bargaining Committee reviewed bargaining proposals submitted by locals and members throughout Canada. With the Negotiating Team now in place and dates set for the Negotiating Team to meet with our PSAC Negotiator and finalize our demands, our union proposed dates to commence bargaining in May (next month).

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